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  1. After we'd all finished the Great Air Rally of South America at the weekend, we gathered at the hotel bar for a farewell drink. Someone suggested we sing the Mutley's Hangar Anthem, which went down fairly well with the other customers, so we thought we'd share it with you: Joe has requested a Karaoke version - you have been warned! Enjoy... Cheers - Dai.
  2. A Tampa mailman delivered protest letters to Congress, yesterday, by landing his gyro-copter on the Capitol lawn: Going Postal?!? Cheers - Dai.
  3. The latest version of the Operation Chastise Training Mission has been uploaded to the MH File Library - you should find it here: http://forum.mutleyshangar.com/index.php/files/file/2240-operation-chastise-training-mission/ Why not have a go and see how you'd compare with the pilots and crews of RAF 617 Squadron when they attacked the Ruhr dams with 'Upkeep', Barnes Wallis's Bouncing Bomb. Although the mission was designed for the MKIII Lancaster, you can fly an aircraft of your choice (as long as it will attain 200 KIAS!) Post your screenshots here - Thanks! And Thanks to the Beta Team - you know who you are!! Cheers - Dai.
  4. Just a quick video of last weekend's Flight Sim Show at Cosford: Great to meet up with the Crew! Best wishes - Dai.
  5. Downloaded and installed Splashtop XDisplay (2.99 GBP) on the iPad (Thanks, Tim!) and connected to W7 PC via Splashtop Streamer (free). Works very well - a bit stuttery, but there are 3 other PC's connected to our (family) hub. Here's a photo of the iPod with Plan-G displayed on it, with the main monitor behind showing FSX: I've also undocked the New View from FSX and moved this onto the iPad - seems fine. I'm working towards an iPad display of the basic instruments leaving the FSX VC or external view on the main monitor. I'll report progress... I think I've arrived in the 21st Century... Cheers - Dai. P.S. You'll find the Splashtop stuff here
  6. I guess most of us know how to prepare a flight plan using the FSX tool or Plan-G, however, I wondered if a tutorial might help, particularly for those who'd like to join in with rallies like MEBAR but lack the confidence - and experience, maybe - to translate a rally flight briefing into a flyable flight plan. Anyway, here's my attempt at introducing Plan-G for rally flight briefing: Please let me have your feedback! Cheers - Dai.
  7. Thanks, Vince - I'd like to try the effects in FSX - did I miss the download details? Cheers - Dai.
  8. Terrific, Vince - the helicopter dust/spray effects are excellent. Thanks for sharing! Now for the stupid question: "Will the effects work in FSX?"!! Cheers - Dai.
  9. Classic PIREP, Kieran - absolute Classic! Loved the Buccaneer - great choice, and fitting the carrier in was just the ticket. Cheers - Dai.
  10. You're sure 'quick on the draw', partner! Cheers - Dai.
  11. Llanbedr'll never be the same! Thanks for the heads up, U.M. Cheers - Dai.
  12. Thanks for a very enjoyable flight, John - and a smashing aircraft, too! It's good to see the Old Girls getting an airing - wonder what you'll choose for Leg 29?!? Cheers - Dai.
  13. Penblwydd Hapis, Bach! Hwyl - Dai.
  14. Hi Helisimpilot If the 5 screens work in Windows, are the 3 x 27" screens set up as a 'single' wide-angle view and the 2 x smaller screens independent of this - i.e. an extension of the Windows 'desktop' onto, say, a left and a right screen? If so, then FSX should allow you to 'undock' 2 New Views (1 for Instruments + 1 for Console) and 'drag' them individually left and right. I only have 1 extra screen like this and the undocking seems to be the trick. By the way, +1 on Brett's Welcome! And do let us see your set up - sounds great! Cheers - Dai.
  15. Excellent handling, Sir! Impressive. Cheers - Dai.
  16. Well, here we are at Lashio for another ATWC Six leg: Something slightly different, this time - a 375 nm flight with 20 waypoints and all in VFR. You are joking, I hear you say? Well, suspend your disbelief for a couple of minutes... First, we go back in time - to Burmah in 1943. The Allies are having a hard time getting supplies through to Chiang Kai-shek. The Ledo (Assam) to Kunming land route is too long and a shorter route, from the railhead at Lashio, is being reconnoitered. This is where we come in. Instead of flying from Lashio to Kunming over the high plateaux, called The Hump, our job is to fly along the proposed route and determine its feasibility, and the route looks something like this, in Plan-G (Thanks, Tim!): There are no, repeat NO, nav aids between VYLS and ZPPP - well, not in 1943, anyway. But we have got some old, colonial vintage, relief maps, which show the topology and some of the roads. The back-room boys have laid out a plan for the proposed route in 4 sections - from Lashio to Mangka: Section 2 - from Mangka to Xingfu: Section 3 - from Xingfu, across the Lancang Jiang (or Mekong) river up to the Ledo-Kunming road at Chuxiong: Section 4- the final stretch to Kunmimg: Although the flight is for reconnaisance, we're taking some supplies with us. Here we are loading the faithful DC-3 up: Taxi-ing past the Lashio Base hospital: It's a warm afternoon - the morning's rains are over, as we take off from runway 19: Turning north, we fly past the base... ... and pick up the road towards Thienni: After the turn at Hseni (Thienni), we head east, up the wide valley: Although the road on the proposed route looks in good shape, it's very close to those cliffs: And there are some very steep climbs, towards Mangka: Some low cloud hides the road - but it soon clears: Just after Xingfu, there's been a mud slide and the road is impassable: We've been climbing all the way from Xingfu - this terrain before Juzishan, is 7500': And that's the Lancang Jiang gorge ahead. The gorge sides are steep and there's no road - at the moment. A problem for the engineers! The river Lancang Jiang becomes the Mekong, when it reaches Laos: Looks like the engineers have already begun blasting this stretch to Midu: Another high pass - but the road looks good: The sun's going down as we approach the Xiang Yung turn: The navigator's says there's a new base around here - just north of the road: Here it is - Yungan-Ni camp: Time for a quick cuppa and a chat with the locals: And we're off, again: That's Chuxiong - just the last section to go: Over Anning Town, the land starts to rise, again: Over the last ridge, and that's Dianchi Pool ahead with Kunming beyond: Turning north over the pool: Long Final at Kunming: An easy landing on runway 03: And that's it: Just need to get the camera films to the lab and we're off for cool drink in the mess... And, that's it, Folks! The Burmah-China mesh was made by "Roger-Wilco-66" from Sim-Outhouse and is available here: http://www.sim-outhouse.com/sohforums/showthread.php?91041-1-arc-second-highres-mesh-for-CBI-scenario-%28FSX-P3D%29 The DC-3/C47 is by Manfred Jahn - search for "Douglas C-47 Skytrain Exterior Base Pack 1.0" Thanks for joining me - I hope you didn't find the flight too fatiguing! Flying without nav aids is certainly not boring, especially keeping close to the ground to follow the road. Cheers - Dai.
  17. Thanks, Chaps - all in a days work, eh? Cheers - Dai.
  18. Nice one, Loic - my favourite 'plane, too! Cheers - Dai.
  19. Thanks for exposing the darker side of flight simming, Brian - now I realise that the time spent learning the procedures must be most valuable. And the PIREP wasn't bad, either! Cheers - Dai.
  20. Excellent holiday plus excellent photo's - thanks for sharing. Good to have you back, too! Cheers - Dai,
  21. So we won't be hearing much from you for a few days, eh?!? Take care - Dai.
  22. Thanks for your kind comments, Lads - I always feel a bit lost in today's tube-liner world, so it's nice to have the old Dizzie to fall back on. And those Google relief maps were a godsend. Cheers - Dai.
  23. Have a good one, Al' - and watch what you're doing with that glue! Cheers - Dai.
  24. I think you missed a spot, James! No, not really - nice job, mate! Cheers - Dai.
  25. Thanks, Chris - that's really useful. Cheers - Dai.